Farewell notes at the Café ComercialI've just arrived in Spain's capital, Madrid, and will be reporting from here for the next ten months or so. Many of my reports will fall within the purview of our "Weaving the Streets" project, part of a larger collaboration between the Weave and the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery. One of the first things that has caught my eye is the recent closure of the city's oldest café: Café Comercial (CC), located in the Glorieta de Bilbao, just a few minutes up the street from where I´m living. The sudden decision to shutter the legendary café has been reverberating throughout the city and beyond. It has also provided an opportunity for madrileños (residents of Madrid) to express themselves through hundreds of small notes attached to the windows of the café.
In this post I will include the information gathered from a survey I sent out to various friends, colleagues, and professors from Spain. Though the number surveyed is minimal in the grand scheme of things, I think that the responses have helped generate insight into how the public views the situation in Spain in regards to xenophobia, specifically after the financial crisis.
Here is an infograph I created on Piktocharthighlighting poverty percentages in 2012. All of my information was taken from sources such as the United States Census Bureauand Wikipedia statistics on population sizes of both countries and states/territories in the U.S.
Aside from visas, be them work, travel, or otherwise, there are various modes of legal entry; however, many illegal immigrants can quickly become considered legal through government programs aimed at creating a larger labor force. In this blog post we will look at the multipl regularization programs Spain has enacted under various governments throughout the past half century.
Filled with political and legal jargon, immigration law can be difficult to understand in English, nevermind in Spanish! To help all of you understand the various facets of Spanish law regarding immigrants, from types of visas and migrants to residency, citizenship, refugee entry, and regularization programs, I will break down information taken from various texts, both in Spanish and English. This post will focus more specifically on the different types of migration and migrants.
There are many organizations within Spain who are working to counteract xenophobia and racism, to remove such phrases from public discourse, acclimate immigrants to Spain and Spaniards to immigrants, and advocate for them.
This blog will envelop Myrella’s experience in Spain as an immigrant in regards to her employment as a domestic worker and any interactions with xenophobia, as well as her opinions on the relationship between employee and employer in regards to the emotional labor theory.